Jury finds Scarsella guilty of all 12 counts in shooting of protesters at Fourth Precinct

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

A jury found Allen Scarsella guilty of 11 counts of assault and one count of riot, Hennepin County Attorney announced Wednesday afternoon.

"We are pleased with the jury’s guilty verdict against Allen Scarsella today," said Freeman. "As I said at the time we charged Mr. Scarsella and his companions, the racist language he used in the videos and on social media is just not acceptable and the actions he took as a result of those racist beliefs were heinous. The jury obviously saw it the same way.

"This office took a very strong stand against Mr. Scarsella. We charged him with the most serious possible charge that the evidence allowed. We argued successfully for a high bail. We argued again in later hearings not to reduce that bail. As a result, he has already been off the streets for 14 months. At his sentencing, we will be seeking the stiffest possible sentence to keep him confined even longer.

"I want to thank the hard and tireless work of assistant Hennepin County Attorneys Judith Hawley and Chris Freeman and the entire team of paralegals, victim advocate and other support staff who presented a superb case to the jury."

 Press release from Nov. 2015 announcing charges